Fi­nal whis­tle

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high­light, it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The medal you get with win­ning the league cup was some­thing spe­cial for us.

“It was the only sort of big tro­phy I won so to win it at Ham­p­den with all your fam­ily there in front of the Hibs fans was bril­liant.

“Ob­vi­ously I got my move to Celtic and then went back to Hibs. There was a few ups and downs. I ex­pe­ri­enced a bit of change at Hibs when Wal­lace Mercer was there try­ing to buy the club so when I went to Celtic it was the same sort of thing.

“There was a wee bit of tur­moil and peo­ple weren’t happy. But I re­ally wasn’t both­ered about that.

“I was just there to en­joy my foot­ball and time at Celtic. But your­self and clubs go through these things and as a player you just have to do your best.”

Pat re­joined Hibs for a fee of £420,000 in 1994 and re­mained in Ed­in­burgh for six sea­sons be­fore end­ing his ca­reer at Ayr United. Whilst in Ayr­shire, Pat en­joyed an­other league cup run, this time in 2002, which saw the The Hon­est Men reach the fi­nal - only to lose heav­ily to Rangers 4-0.

Now Pat is run­ning his suc­cess­ful busi­ness in clean­ing but is also a coach at Cam­bus­lang FC 2008s. His grand­son Pa­trick has been in­volved for over two years and has man­aged to rope Pat into lend­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence to the young­sters.

The 50-year-old, who ad­mits his ex-pro foot­baller sta­tus some­times counts for noth­ing with the play­ers, was keen to heap praise on his fel­low coaches Bryan, David, Kenny and Chris who work tire­lessly to cre­ate a fun but com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

He said: “You get a bit of ban­ter with the kids, they don’t even know who I am at times, so it’s quite good fun. They come up to you and say ‘who did you used to play with again?’ The kids are fan­tas­tic, they are a lovely bunch.”

He added: “Ob­vi­ously we want to win but first and fore­most it’s to en­joy our­selves.

“It’s about the en­joy­ment you see in the kids, there’s too much fo­cus some­times on win­ning. Some­times you see the other clubs push­ing the kids too far.

“They’re do­ing great so far. They had a tour­na­ment in Black­pool re­cently and did well against a lot of the good English teams. We held our own and it showed on the pitch.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the club, visit http://www.cam­bus­lang­foot­ball­club. com/de­fault.aspx.

For the love of the game Cam­bus­lang FC coaches Brian But­ler, Pat McGin­lay and Kenny Reilly

Derby days Pat en­joyed the at­mos­phere of an Ed­in­burgh derby

Glory glo­ryPat spent two spells at Hiber­nian and made over 321 ap­pear­ances

Fun and en­joy­ment Pat is now a coach at Cam­bus­lang FC 2008s

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